Northern Ireland

Dublin Airport: Summer parking ‘sold out’ for some peak days

Travellers are being urged to book early to avoid disappointment

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Travellers are being urged to book parking early as key dates are already sold out (Damien Storan/PA)

Holidaymakers flying from Dublin Airport this summer are being urged to book their parking early after it was revealed that key dates are already sold out.

News of limited spaces was disclosed in a report by airport operators DAA ahead of a meeting with the Oireachtas Committee on Transport on Wednesday.

The operator said that “demand is high” while “supply is tight” with some days in the peak summer period already sold out.

According to the report, 34% of passengers travel to the airport by car, while 32% use bus or coach services.

Dublin Airport offers a range parking options, and its four long-term car parks are in high demand.

The Express Red and Terminal 2 car parks are particularly popular because of their proximity to the terminal, with some June dates already sold out.

A two week stay at these popular car parks will set travellers back between €300 and €200 during the summer period.

Booking early could also yield some savings for savvy holidaymakers, with high demand likely to drive up prices.

The Holiday Blue car park, the airport’s cheapest long-term option with over 8,000 spaces, is currently priced at around €220 for a two-week stay starting June 26.

This drops to €195 in early July and again to around €140 in early August.

Issues with parking at the airport were previously flagged, with DAA warning then that parking would be “tight” during the May bank holiday weekend.

But the DAA has said that all options to add spaces “have been exhausted” and that additional car parks would require planning permission.